Crowdsourcing can produce new ideas, but run them by legal first…

Chris Masse at Midas Oracle links to “How Companies Are Using IT To Spot Innovative Ideas,” an article at Information Week. Among the examples cited: …Starbucks uses the same voting platform, at MyStarbucksIdea.com, and took an online suggestion posted Oct. 7 by BillMac to offer a free cup of coffee Nov. 4 to anyone in … More Crowdsourcing can produce new ideas, but run them by legal first…More Crowdsourcing can produce new ideas, but run them by legal first…

Pop Sci debunking recycling myths

Lynne Kiesling Opinions and analyses on recycling abound, from “it reduces our resource use and conserves landfill capacity” to “processing recycling uses more energy than not, and is therefore wasteful and inefficient”. Of course there’s some truth in these opposing views, and a case-by-case analysis is usually necessary to determine, on balance, the net effect … More Pop Sci debunking recycling mythsMore Pop Sci debunking recycling myths

The first battery in the country capable of storing wind energy?

Michael Giberson From the Star-Tribune in Minnesota, “Xcel looks to harness wind energy for use even when there’s no wind “: Next spring Xcel Energy Inc., the state of Minnesota and a Virginia-based technology firm will test the first battery in the country capable of storing wind energy. Well, that’s a bit wrong. Any battery … More The first battery in the country capable of storing wind energy?More The first battery in the country capable of storing wind energy?

If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you should

Lynne Kiesling Chris Carey’s work at Bailout Sleuth is supremely important for holding the federal government accountable for its decisions and actions with respect to their financial bailout plans. He’s carrying our water. Especially after yesterday’s change of federal strategy, much commented on elsewhere. I think Katharine Mangu-Ward sums it up pretty well at Reason … More If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you shouldMore If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you should

If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you should

Lynne Kiesling Chris Carey’s work at Bailout Sleuth is supremely important for holding the federal government accountable for its decisions and actions with respect to their financial bailout plans. He’s carrying our water. Especially after yesterday’s change of federal strategy, much commented on elsewhere. I think Katharine Mangu-Ward sums it up pretty well at Reason … More If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you shouldMore If you aren’t reading Bailout Sleuth daily, you should

This week in 1856: Bessemer becomes man of steel

Lynne Kiesling [Yes, I am truly in real-world issue avoidance mode …] I love the occasional Wired articles on technology history, and this one is near and dear to my heart … on 11 November 1856, Henry Bessemer received a U.S. patent for his steel production technology. The article also gives appropriate credit to American … More This week in 1856: Bessemer becomes man of steelMore This week in 1856: Bessemer becomes man of steel